Available in 2021
Course code

EPCHEM137

Units

10 units

Level

level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides an introduction to fundamental chemical concepts of relevance to the physical and life sciences. Topics covered include: pure substances and mixtures; atoms, molecules and ions; simple atomic models; the periodic table; chemical compounds: chemical formulae; bonding; basic shapes of molecules; states of matter; the mole concept and stoichiometry; solutions; acids and bases; organic chemistry and simple chemical reactions. Using a range of different approaches, students will develop skills in observation, research and communication appropriate to further study in life sciences, nursing and allied health, environmental science, engineering and the chemical sciences.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain how a knowledge of chemistry relates to everyday life, living organisms and technology in general.

2. Describe atoms, elements, molecules and compounds and how they react using chemical language.

3. Solve simple chemical problems in both a practical and theoretical context.

4. Apply theoretical knowledge and laboratory based experimental observation to predict and describe chemical change.

5. Identify and choose appropriate sources of chemical information using the library catalogue.

6. Prepare a scientific report to address a chemical question, citing the sources of chemical information used in APA 7th referencing format.

7. Apply chemical knowledge in an examination setting. Apply chemical knowledge in an examination setting. Apply chemical knowledge in an examination setting.


Content

The course covers:

  1. matter; measurement; units and the Scientific method.
  2. atoms; simple atomic models and isotopes...
  3. the periodic table and trends.
  4. molecules; ions; chemical compounds and formulae.
  5. bonding and basic shapes of molecules
  6. physical states of matter and intermolecular forces.
  7. simple chemical reactions and chemical equations.
  8. the mole concept and stoichiometry
  9. energy
  10. solution studies
  11. acids; bases; pH and buffers
  12. introduction to organic chemistry and molecules of biological importance

Requisite

You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPCHEM314, EPHLTH170 or EPHLTH370.


Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

Written Assignment: Research Assignment

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Report

Formal Examination: Final Examination


Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Online

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Face2Face Day x 2

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